Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was kidnapped by gunmen from a hotel in Tripoli where he resides, according to the government's website.
Zeidan and two of his guards were abducted earlier today after gunmen broke into his hotel room and escorted him out of the building, The Associated Press reported, citing an official who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
Zeidan was taken "to an unknown destination for unknown reasons," the Libyan government said in a brief statement on their website.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Brunei, said, "We are looking into these reports and we are in close touch with senior U.S. and Libyan officials on the ground. We are working to determine more details. Our Embassy staff is safe in Tripoli. We have no further details at this time."
Saudi TV channel Al Arabiya showed a purported image of Zeidan being escorted by armed men.
The kidnapping comes days after the United States military captured Libyan al Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli. After al-Libi's capture Saturday, the Libyan government said in a statement that it knew nothing about the raid and had asked the Americans for "clarifications" about the operation.
Al-Libi is suspected of helping to execute the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in the 1990s.
The snatching of Zeidan came hours after he met with the family of al-Libi, according to the AP.
U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the abduction early this morning on Twitter.
"I condemn the abduction of Libya's Prime Minister and call for his immediate release. Gov and people of #Libya have our full support," he tweeted.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.Also Read